The Field Operations Division is commanded by Captain Howie Thompson.
Each shift is normally assigned two platoons, with each platoon led by a lieutenant. Platoons are further divided into two squads. A squad’s leader is a sergeant and squads are typically made up of 9-10 officers.
This means that normally the Field Operations Division has one captain, one lieutenant, two sergeants and 18-20 uniformed patrol officers in marked cars on duty and patrolling the city at all times.
The platoons work 12 hour shifts, rotating their schedule every 5 weeks and working either day or night shift. When uniformed patrol officers arrive on duty, they attend a short shift briefing and then are divided up and assigned to patrol one of the 9 "Beats" in which the City is geographically divided.
This means we typically assign 2 officers (each with their own patrol car), to each beat. A K-9 Platoon is also assigned to the Operations Division.